Welcome to the Piddle Valley Website

This site has been created by the PVNV (Piddle Valley News & Views) Editorial Team to bring into one place information about the history, activities, facilities and resources - available to residents and visitors alike - in the parishes of Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide and Alton Pancras, which include the settlements of Plush and White Lackington.

Situated in the heart of Dorset and on the upper reaches of the River Piddle, the communities have a population of some 1,220 and lie predominantly along the B3143 and the River Piddle, from its source near Alton Pancras, southward through Piddletrenthide to Piddlehinton.

30th May 2017

A new section has been created to bring you information about events and roadworks notified to the Parish Council that will affect traffic movement along, principally, the B3143 Valley road but will also include other local roads. This will be updated as soon as additional information becomes available.

Please do read the items and also inform anyone you know who may be affected, as this the quickest way of keeping the community informed of potential disruption.

The page is Valley Traffic Information under "Local Interest" in the index to the left.

Abbotts Taxis

Dave Abbott has advised that he has closed his Taxi business from the end of March 2017.

For a detailed list (with links) of each change to the news, content and items available on this website, click on the "latest news" button to the right. It is perhaps a good place to add to your "Favourites" list if you are familiar with the site.

Index of miscellanious news items is below. Click on the link to go directly to the article,

otherwise, where a page for a specific topic exists, relevant items will generally be on that dedicated page.

News Items index

Broadband update. 15/05/2017

Ironman Contest - 17 Sept 2017

Vandalism at the Millennium Green - 07/05/2017

Avian Fu warning and advice

New phone number to report or enquire about power cuts - "105" (01/11/2016)

Southern Elecric Priority Support Service, for vulnerable persons

Neighbourhood Plan - West Dorset DC Consultation

Dog Waste - again!

Opportunities to get involved in NHS Projects - Feb 2106

Leonard Cheshire Disability Volunteer appeal

Dorset Fingerpost renovations 26/01/2016

Information from Environment Agency regarding Groundwater Flooding - 12/01/2016

Dorset Citizens Advice Bureau

Public Consultations

Police warnings - Local crimes, telephone calls & Emails.

Traffic and travel portal from DCC

Website Information

Vandalism on the Millennium Green - 7/5/2017

Regretfully we have to advise that there has been further vandalsim to the facilites provided on the Millennium Green at Piddlehinton.

One of the notice boards on the entrance gate has been snapped off, graffiti has been sprayed on the interpretation boards by the river and one of the benches, and parts of the base for the (soon to be returned) "Millennium Belle 2" boat have been chucked into the river. It is distressing that these facilites, provided by the Community for their enjoyment and relaxation have been mistreated.

The Police have been informed and are keping an eye on things. Meanwhile, would everyone please be aware of the problem and if anything suspicious is seen, please contact our local Community Police Officer - PC 6500 Alison Donnison - on phone No 101 or via the Police website www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online where you can email, message and report issues. For emergencies, always call 999

Avian Fu warning and advice

As you may have heard there has been a confirmed outbreak of Avian Influenza (AI) at Abbotsbury Swannery. There has been a national control zone covering the whole of the UK since December that requires poultry and other captive birds to be housed where practicable. Dorset Trading Standards team have asked us to send the attached fact sheet to all members of the public

If you would like any further information or would like to discuss this further please phone Neil Martin, Principal Trading Standards Officer on 01305 224610 or email at n.martin@dorsetcc.gov.uk

New phone number to report or enquire about power cuts - "105" (01/11/2016)

105 is a new free telephone number that people in England, Scotland and Wales can call to report or get information about power cuts in their area. It will put people straight through to their local network operator. The public can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put themselves, or someone else, in danger. If there is a serious immediate risk, people should call the emergency services too by dialling 999.

You can call 105 no matter who you choose to buy electricity from. To find out who your network operator is, visit www.powercut105.com

Neighbourhood Plan - West Dorset DC Consultation

14/11/2016 - The Independent Inspector's report on the proposed Neighbourhood Plan has now been received and the comments and suggested ammendments are being discussed with the District Council.

13/05/2016 - Under the 2011 Localism act, West Dorset District Council (WDDC) have to hold their own consultation on the Piddle Valley Neighbourhood Plan.This will start on Friday 13th May 2016 for a period of six weeks.

The plan as submitted is available on the Piddle Valley website.

Paper copies of the submitted plan are also available to be viewed from John Cox at Bakers Cottage, Piddletrenthide. Telephone 348454.

Any comments on the plan should be sent to s.policy@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk

WDDC's consultation documents can also be viewed on their website www.dorsetforyou.com/piddle-valley-neighbourhood-plan , where there is also a link to leave comments.

20/09/2015 - The final draft version of the proposed Neighbourhood Plan, prior to submission to the District Council, has been published. It is available here, from the Valley Pubs and the Shop. Any final comments must have been made, in writing, to the Neighbourhood Plan group c/o the Village Post Office & Stores, before the 30th October 2015.

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Neighbourhood Plan - Draft consultations

The Neighbourhood Plan 1st draft consultation "drop-in event" was on the 25th April 2015 at the First School. The closing date for comments was 16th May, these are now being processed and the results will be published as soon as possible. A copy of the draft plan is available on the Neighbourhood Plan pages of this website.

The Neighbourhood Plan working parties have held a series of public meetings in each village to put forward their suggestions about possible issues to be included in the Draft Neighbourhood Plan. These include Housing and Flooding issues.

Further details and maps are on the Neighbourhood Plan pages. Comments and feedback to the Housing and the Environment Sub-Groups is invited.

The Working Party and Focus Groups for the Neighbourhood Plan are holding regular meetings and have now produced individual Focus Group reports.

Public meeting dates will be included in the Events calendar.

Reports, as they become available, will be in the reports section of the Neighbourhood Plan part of this site.

Neighbourhood Planning is important! If nothing is done, then future planning decisions that affect the Valley will be taken by the District Council as they see fit. If the Valley has it's own Neighbourhood Plan, which sets out our wishes for things we both do and do not wish to see occur, then the District Council have to take those views into account in reaching their decision.

The Plan will take a lot of time and work to prepare, including further consultations, and must eventually be approved by a referendum of the Valley residents. It has to represent the wishes of the Community, not the Working Party, so please look regularly at the Neighbourhood Plan section of the website, so that you are aware what is being done in your name, and do not hesitate to contact members of the working party if you have any views on the issues.

Dog Waste

May 2016 - The problem of dog waste in public areas continues to be of concern, particularly the track behind the Piddle Inn, the bridleway from there down along West Lane and also along the footways and verges of the B3143 through the village of Piddletrenthide. The lane by Kingrove Farm and the Main Street are used by both residents and visitors and are a less than salubrious advert for our villages, as well as being a health risk for children. It does not take any real effort to take a plastic bag with you when exercising your pet, to collect its leavings and then dispose of them in your domestic waste bin. Dorset Waste Partnership advise that this is acceptable.

Using a bag is easy - put your hand inside as if it was a glove, gather up the waste, pull the bag "inside out" with your other hand and - hey presto - problem contained!. PLEASE also take it away and put it in a bin. Hanging the bag on a bush or throwing it into the edge actually is worse, as it doesn't degrade and is very unsightly.

The Village Shop may be prevailed upon to stock "poop bags", which are small, very cheap and come in a roll, if there is enough demand.

The District Council Dog Warden will be asked to patrol the area, as allowing your dog to foul a public area is an offence.

Previous article

There have been more complaints to the Parish Council about the amount of dog waste left on the tracks and paths around the village, particularly the section of West Lane from Rectory Rd to behind West Lodge, and the lane behind the Piddle Inn. Not only are children having to be watched every step to prevent them stepping in the problem, but a number of people appear also to think that it is acceptable to bag up the material but then either just leave the bags on the track edge, or hang them on the hedgerow. This is unacceptable as the bags do not degrade, are unsightly and unhealthy. Please take a few small bags with you when you walk your dog, collect their waste and put it in your rubbish bin at home.

I'm sorry to say that, so far, we have never met with the "Poo-Fairy", but her friend the Dog Warden does exist and may have to be asked to patrol the lanes if the problem persists.

Opportunities to get involved in NHS Projects

Opportunities to get involved in NHS Projects - here is the latest NHS Dorset CCG Feedback bulletin which outlines a number of ways you and members of your community can get involved in the work of the NHS. Anyone can register to receive a copy of their own by following this link www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk/involve/current-engagement/health-involvement-network.htm

Leonard Cheshire Disability Volunteer appeal

Hilary Campbell is responsible for recruiting volunteers for the local service of Leonard Cheshire Disability. They support people with learning disabilities throughout the Dorchester area and are looking for volunteer befrienders to visit their service users on an occasional basis.

For more information, please click here.

EA Poster regarding Groundwater Flooding

A poster from the Environment Agency, including website links, regarding revised groundwater flooding arrangements and notifications.

Southern Electric Priority Support Service (Nov 2015)

SSE have advised that they provide an emergency support service for individuals or areas where there are special needs, in the event of a significant power cut. They can provide additional help if you have particular medical needs at home and are dependent on electricity.

Examples are where you :

They have an explanatory leaflet or more information can be obtained from their website www.ssepd.co.uk/CustomerInformationLeaflets/

Contact numbers are:- freephone 0800 294 3259; mobile 0345 072 1900; textphone 0800 316 5457.

If you have need of their services, or know someone else who does, please do not hesitate to contact SSE direct.

Dorset CAB

Dorset CAB offers free, impartial, advice on any problems, including Benefits, Relationships, Housing, Debt, Education and Employment. They have Bureau offices at Dorchester and Sherborne and also offer Outreach sessions at the GP surgeries in Cerne Abbas and Maiden Newton. They can also arrange Home Vists if necessary.

They can be contacted via their website www.westdorsetcab.org uk", phone 0344 245 1291 or 01305 751514. Email threevalleys@dorchestercab.org.uk

Public Consultations

The Parish Council is often notified of Public Consultation documents on many topics. A separate page has been set up on this website, in the Parish Council section, where these are listed for your perusal.

Re: Free workshops for non-paid carers

Help and Care is a local independent charity working on the side of older people and carers in Dorset. We have recently been funded by to hold a number of free workshops across Dorset for people who care for family members and friends who live within the boundaries of Dorset County Council.

Attached is a copy of our September timetable and would be grateful if you could help publicise these events to your local parishioners. A further timetable of the workshops dates for the remainder of the year is currently being prepared and will be forwarded to you once it has been completed.

If you require any further information regarding the workshops or the services provided by Help and Care please contact myself or a member of the Carers Training team via the below email address or by calling 0300 1113323.

Tammie Faulkner, Administration Assistant - Carers Training

Help & Care Helpline: 0300 111 3303. Email: tammie.faulkner@helpandcare.org.uk Website:

For more information about Help & Care visit: www.helpandcare.org.uk

Their poster can be viewed here.

Superfast Broadband update - 15/05/2017

A message from Superfast Dorset -

The superfast fibre continues to roll out. Plush is set to join communities in The Piddle Valley already benefiting from the fibre broadband roll out.

Most residents in Alton Pancras, Piddletrenthide and Piddlehinton can get superfast broadband as a result of the Superfast Dorset programme, while residents in White Lackington can upgrade to a slightly faster than standard fibre service. Residents will need to contact providers to upgrade.

Superfast Dorset has plans to bring fibre broadband to Plush during 2017*. To find out when fibre broadband becomes available, register to be emailed on www.dorsetforyou.com/superfast

Upgrading to fibre broadband has huge benefits:

*Plans may change subject to detailed survey. Superfast Dorset is a complex engineering project and we are not able to provide specific timescale for planned work. Individual speeds and availability will vary.

04/04/2017 - Alton Pancras is now ready to be connected to the fastest broadband fibre service available - "Fibre to the Premises" or "FTTH" - a fibre connection terminating inside your house, rather than at the nearest green kerbside cabinet - which can give speeds of up to 330mbs!. This is via the green clinders which have now appeared on most of the telephone poles in the village. Similar installations are being provided in the Church Lane area of Piddletrenthide. A fibre service is also now being brought to Enterprise Park.

Anyone intersted in this service must contact their existing broadband supplier to see if they can upgrade. It may be necessary to change supplier to take advantage of the new service.

Details of the service can be found at www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/superfast/fttp.

12/12/2016 -Superfast Broadband is now, largely, available in the Piddle Valley. There are aras where service is restricted or is still to be made available, but these are becoming smaller. You are recommended to contact your preferred broadband supplier and check what service they (and others) may be able to now offer you.

Dorset County Council for the Superfast Dorset team have also written to advise that our parishes may have a number of properties that could be eligible for the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme.

The scheme is aimed at those on the poorest broadband speeds who aren't in their plans to get fibre. After eligibility checks, subsidies are offered to individual homes and businesses to go towards the installation costs of a wireless, satellite or 4G internet connection.

Local wireless suppliers are using the scheme to extend the coverage of their networks, which means our community could get a service from them even if they aren't operating in our area already. They may consider covering our area if there are a number of eligible properties in the same location.

Very rural properties, small hamlets and farms are often the premises that are on the poorest speeds, and would therefore be eligible for a subsidy.

The full information and application form is here:www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/broadband/better-broadband-scheme

Dorset Fingerpost renovation project - 26/01/2016

Steve Brackstone has agreed to renovate the damaged fingerboards at Piddlehinton Cross and White Lackington and we look forward to their return to splendour!

Dorset AONB Partnership are promoting the repair and renovation of the old fashioned fingerpost roadsigns in Dorset. They have published a Dorset Fingerpost newsletter giving details of the projects in hand and ways in which anyone can become involved in locating, recording and/or repairing these rapidly disappearing pieces of our heritage.

If you are interested in any way, please read their newsletter and visit their website Dorset Fingerpost website (Dorset AONB Partnership) for more information.

In 2013, Plush refurbished their own fingerpost, their story is here on the News & Views page of this website

The traffic and travel portal from DCC

Dorset County Council is excited to announce the launch of a traffic and travel portal 'TravelDorset'.

TravelDorset brings together all traffic and travel information for the whole of the county including live traffic alerts, road works, diversions, live bus and rail departures and cycling/walking routes.

This is a great resource for local residents, businesses and visitors helping them get from A to B whether it's by road, bus, train, bike or on foot.

TravelDorset has a range of useful information to help you travel easily around Dorset by car, public transport or other means. This includes up to the minute traffic information, the location and cost of car parks and live information about bus times.

The website address is:www.dorsetforyou.com/traveldorset, and it is also available through the "Local Interest" index link on the left menu.

Dorset Police warnings of various "scams" and local crimes

The Dorset Police 'Ringmaster' emailed warnings of current issues - crimes and scams - that may affect the valley are available on the "Dorset Police Ringmaster" pages of this website.

Website information

The content is regularly updated and new areas added

Generally, it should be noted that any information about events, or news from the Parish Council , that is too late or too large for inclusion in the printed News & Views, will be published here.

There is a link at the top of the Index, to the left, and also a separate button on the top right of the Home Page, to a page which shows the latest articles that have been added. I hope this will help you keep track of changes on your favourite pages.

All active links on the Index to the left are in black and will show an arrowhead alongside as you move the mouse pointer over them. When appropriate, there will also be a ++ shown against the particular topic that you are viewing, to aid navigation around the site.

If you are a representative of any Club, Society or other Organisation and would like to be included in this site, please contact the Editor on editor@piddlevalley.info or me at webmaster@whitepuppy.co.uk to discuss.

The list of headings in the Index to the left is not exclusive and will be extended as necessary to include you.

If there are any corrections required, or broken links are found, please let me know at webmaster@whitepuppy.co.uk